Antique pottery vase or tea canister shaped like a squash or gourd and decorated with mottled and streaked crackled glaze in the tradition of some Chinese Sans Ts’ai wares from the T’ang Dynasty. The colorful mottled glazes include translucent green, a streaked yellowish-orange, a treacle manganese, and a watery dappled blue (see all Photos). This canister or vase, however is from the late 1800s or early 1900s and not from the T’ang Dynasty. Its exact age, however is unknown and the grinding down of excess glaze on the underside of its base is typical of British and American art pottery from the late 1800s or early 1900s.
The canister or vase displays well and will attract attention and interest in most any setting (see all Photos). The interior of the vase has a cream colored hue and looks like much older creamware on the inside of the rim and neck. But as noted above, this vase is probably about 100 to 130 years old. It is well made and exhibits no seams despite the fact it must have been cast in a mold. It was fired upright and the glaze has collected on the base where excess glaze was ground off by the factory workers that produced it. It does not appear to have been pressed molded but rather formed by slip casting in block mold that was able to be dismantled to remove the vase intact. At least, this is what seems to be supported by the lack of seams on the interior or exterior. The use of plaster block molds to slip cast hollow vessel forms was developed in the West in the mid 1700s and replaced hand pressed methods to create ornate relief decorated teapots and the like.
There are no factory names or makers marks on the bottom of the vase or any where else. Also, there are no model numbers or product codes on the base, either. The exterior glaze is intentionally crazed and crackled by design and has collected dirt over the decades so that the crackle-effect is easy to see up close under strong light. The potter intentionally mismatched the clay body and glaze so that they would cool and contract a different rates to create the crackled effect. If any viewer knows more about this particular piece of pottery, kindly drop me an email - thanks, Doc. And if you are looking for a nice gift, anniversary present, or simply something to cheer up your own office or kitchen widow sill, then do make sure you consider this pretty vase while it is still available. And as always, this vase also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE & CONDITION: This pottery canister stands about 6 inches tall and measures about 4 inches wide (maximum width on the diagonal). The diameter of mouth opening at the rim is about 1 inch across. It weighs about 3/4 lbs and sits on a flat, square base that measures about 3 inches along each side (see all Photos). It is a perfect size for displaying on a shelf, mantle, kitchen window sill, counter, table, or in a china cabinet or hutch and will certainly capture conversation and attention in most any setting. This pepper-shaped canister is in excellent condition with no major defects and no chips, hairlines, major stains or star cracks and no repairs or restorations. And as always, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this item for a refund (see our complete return policy noted below).
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